Thidagu World Buddhist University: In Sagaing, Thidagu World Buddhist University, also known as Sitagu International Buddhist Academy, is one of the places you should visit. You can stroll around the huge building. Mostly, the hall is used for Buddhist conferences.
Sagaing Hill: You might have already seen Sagaing Hill from the bridge on the way to Sagaing. In Sagaing Hill, you should firstly head to the U Min Thonze Caves with a panoramic view of the green and hilly landscape. Inside the building, a row of 45 gilded Buddhas will be found altogether. The next is Myanmar Kinder (Soon U Ponya Shin Paya). There is a large Buddha inside the pagoda for people to admire as well.
The next place is the old royal city of Inwa. There, you will see a number of ancient buildings with much history of Myanmar. Some have stayed in better condition, but others may have rubbles and weathered away.
Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery (The Queen’s Brick Monastery): The ocher-coloured stone structure, Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery, is the famous and significant location. Once you reach, it will immediately capture your attention and prolong your stay a little more than planned.
Yadana Hsmee Pagoda: The next big attraction is the Yadana Hsmee Pagoda. It still holds unique heritage beauty, although it’s been pretty weathered down.
Bagaya Kyaung: This teak monastery is also the highlight in Inwa. But, the Bagaya Kyaung was got a little drowned in all the magnificent pagodas.
The next one is Amarapura. It is not very far from Mandalay city. It also has famous places.
U Bein Bridge: The bridge is very famous in Amarapura because it is the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world with length of 1.2 kilometers that traverses the Taungthaman Lake. The bridge is ridiculously crowded at sunset. You can take photographs with a sunset backdrop. It has tiny restaurants where you can drink a fresh coconut.
PYIN OO LWIN
Pyin Oo Lwin, a British hill station town, was a favorite weekend getaway for Brits who were staying in Myanmar during the British occupation. As Pyin Oo Lwin is located in the mountains, the weather is cooler and the air is cleaner. There, you can take the horse drawn carts as taxi. It is also known as The Flower City and the dairy in there is probably the best of Myanmar.
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Mandalay needs not to be a destination. Have A Day Trip to These 4 Local Favourite Cities While You're in Mandalay!
Around Mandalay, there are many famous cities that would be definitely recommended to explore. Each city owns famous and attractive places which should be included to your day trip plan.
If you go about 20 kilometres southwest of Mandalay, you will reach the Sagaing hilly region. There, you will see the sign of Myanmar which is the abundance of pagodas (estimated that there are over 600 stupas). When you are coming from Mandalay to Sagaing, the driver will most certainly stop at the bridge. You will see a beautiful view of the green landscape with the pagoda tower upon there.